This according to the Boston Globe:
WASHINGTON –An emotional Senator John F. Kerry today said he will not run in the 2008 presidential race and vowed to use his Senate perch to hasten an end to the war in Iraq, saying he would work with lawmakers from both parties to reverse President Bush’s troop “surge” and force him to withdraw virtually all troops from Iraq by early next year.
Kerry, a Massachusetts Democrat, used the unusual forum of the Senate floor to announce his political ambitions. Choking up as he harkened back to his service in Vietnam, Kerry said he would work to make sure the next president doesn’t have to cope with the consequences of a “wider war” sparked by the failed policy in Iraq.
“Two years ago I sought the presidency to lead us on a different course. I’m proud of the campaign that we ran,” Kerry said.
“We came close, Mr. President, certainly close enough to be tempted to try again,” he continued. “There are powerful reasons to want to continue that fight now. But I’ve concluded that this isn’t the time for me to mount a presidential campaign. It is the time to put my energy to work as part of the majority in the Senate, to do all I can to end this war and strengthen our security.
Kerry’s alternate wording: “I’ve concluded that I would damage the party a second time if I mounted a presidential campaign.”
This was a joke from the beginning. Kerry is joke as a presidential candidate at this point. Clinton and/or Obama would have decimated him from the beginning. Instead Kerry is now going to focus on losing the Iraq war. I think he’ll have better luck in that realm compared to an ’08 run.
Hot Air has some more reaction to Kerry’s indecision.
On another note, Dick Cheney doesn’t like Hillary as a candidate:
“Because she’s a Democrat. I don’t agree with her philosophically and from a policy standpoint.”